Obituaries • October 4, 2012

Donald Stanley Beilman, 83, Former Executive Vice President Of GE

Donald S. Beilman, age 83, of Wayne, Penn., died Sept. 11, 2012. Born Feb. 24, 1929, in Buffalo, N.Y., he graduated early from St. Mary’s High School. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II at age 16, earning “Sharpshooter” designation.

He received a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduating in 1952. He later attended Cornell University, earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. A cooperative effort between Cornell and the General Electric Company led to a stellar career of over 30 years, rising to the level of Executive Vice President of GE. In 1979, the engineering community honored him with the title “Eminent Engineer.”

He served on the Boards of Directors of the Wachovia Bank Corporation, the Eastman Kodak Company, the Kaiser Permanente Hospital Corporation, Exide Electronics Inc., the NASA Technology Board, The Joint Chiefs Of Staff in Washington, D.C., the Time-Life International Corporation, the Duke Schools of Engineering and Business, the NC State School of Engineering, the UNC, Chapel Hill Biomedical Engineering Board, the Stanford University Center for Integrated Systems, the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering, and the boards of Bellarmine and Centre Colleges in Kentucky, among many others.

Major accomplishments included Manager of General Electric’s Electronic & Aerospace Lab, Advanced Microelectronic Operations, Strategic Defense Radar Engineering and Antiballistic Missile System Radars. He also worked with the Department of Defense on numerous projects during the Cold War. He participated in the development of numerous consumer microelectronics products, the development of the microwave oven, and the integration of microelectronics into major appliances.

Beilman left General Electric in 1982 to start a non-profit consortium, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina in Research Triangle Park, established with Jim Hunt, then Governor of North Carolina. There he conceived a national level resource in microelectronics education, research and technology – a “brain trust” among North Carolina universities.

He later consulted with the London-based British Oxygen Company, (BOC).

Beilman had a great passion for his Catholic faith, building several churches in the United States and Nigeria. He also served as Republican Committeeman and was a volunteer at Valley Forge National Park. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, sailing and was an avid runner.

He was the beloved husband of Stephanie Walsh Beilman and the late Ida Beilman, loving father of David G. of Woodstock, Vt., Thomas E. (Marsha), Martha Strobel (Gary) of Louisville, Karl (Trisha), Kathryn Gray (Robbie) of Louisville, and the late Paul, and the dear grandfather of Maureen and Emily Strobel, Robinson and Elleanor Gray, Cali Beilman and Sarah Beilman. He was the brother of John and the late Gerald Beilman.

His funeral was held at St. Katharine of Siena in Wayne, Penn. on Sept. 15, with internment in Louisville at Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Stephens Indian Mission Foundation, P.O. Box 278, St. Stephens, Wyo., 82524.

Thomas Anthony Demuth, 75, President And Owner Of Schneider Demuth Advertising, Inc.

Thomas Anthony Demuth, 75, of Louisville, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, with his loving family by his side.

He was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Louisville, Ky., to the late Carolyn “Carrie” Anna Schoenbaechler DeMuth and Clarence Joseph DeMuth Sr. He graduated from Christ The King Catholic Grade School in 1950, was a proud graduate of Flaget High School in 1954 and graduated from Bellarmine College in 1958.

After serving in the US Army Reserves, he had a successful advertising and marketing career spanning over 50 years, working in sales and management at WAVE Radio, The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, WDRB-TV and as president and owner of Schneider DeMuth Advertising, Inc. In his professional career he always made time to mentor young people and encourage them to build happy and successful lives.

Dedicated to the Louisville community, he served as president of the Bellarmine College Alumni Association and the Sales & Marketing Executives of Louisville. He was a past Chairman of the Board of the Kentucky Derby Festival, a past member of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Rotary Club, and served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of Louisville Stadium Committee.

Among the personal honors he received are the Pride of Bellarmine Award and the Sales & Marketing Executives Man of the Year Award. He was a member of Big Spring Country Club and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Joseph Jr., Paul Emanuel, and John Francis.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Virginia Ann “Ginnie” McIlvoy DeMuth; two daughters, Michele “Missy” Camp (Henry) and Kerry DeMuth Cooke (Jeff); a son, Tom DeMuth (Tammy); brother, David Martin DeMuth (Sharon); grandchildren, Mary Peabody and Sarah Virginia Thomas Camp, Emma Louise and Thomas Otto DeMuth, Hilary Martel (Hartzell) and Allison Serrette (Ben), great-grandson Adrian Martel; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family received family and friends Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the home of Missy and Henry Camp in Crestwood, Ky., and Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, prior to the Memorial Mass at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hand in Hand Ministries, 2225 Steier Lane, Louisville, Ky., 40218. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Ratterman & Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road. Condolences may be sent to www.ratterman.com.

Francis Eugene Mudd Jr., Retired From Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation

Francis Eugene Mudd Jr. was born in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 29, 1926, to Lillian Miller Mudd and Francis Eugene Mudd Sr. He retired from Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation on Feb. 1, 1987, after 32 years with the company. He served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from August of 1944 to June of 1946, and retired from Naval Reserve in December of 1967. He served in the U.S. and the South Pacific (Philippines) and received his bachelors degree in electrical engineering at University of Louisville in 1951. He obtained his masters degree in E.E. at University of Louisville in 1974. He was a member of Highland Post, American Legion, an Eagle Scout, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Orphans Society since 1963.

He is preceded in death by his son, Mark Stephen Mudd; and brothers, Sonny and Jim Mudd; step-brothers, Joseph William Norton and sister-in-law, Frances Stiles. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Norton Mudd; son, Francis “Jerry” Eugene Mudd, III; daughters, Dana Marie Martin (Ken), Michon Janel Davis (Skip); Gia Therese Mudd Martin (Gary); stepson, Robert Keith Hughes (Susan); stepdaughter, Linda Kay Smith (Darrell); six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Louise Beisler; brothers, Robert Mudd, Joseph Norman Mudd; brother-in-law, Charles E. Norton (Bobbie) and sister-in-law, Rosalee Edington. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Pearson-Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Rd. Visitation was 2-9 on Friday, Sept. 21 at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 9616 Westport Road, Louisville, Ky., 40241, or Hosparus of Louisville, P.O. Box 35425, Louisville, Ky., 40232.

Patricia “Pat” Stange Cole, 88, Longtime Member Of Second Presbyterian Church

Patricia “Pat” Stange Cole, 88, of Louisville passed away Sept. 27, with her family by her side.

She was born in Toronto, Canada to Edward and Augusta Stange and raised in Winnetka, Ill.

Pat graduated from New Trier High School, Winnetka, Ill., and attended Centre College before graduating from Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines, a kindergarten teacher at St. Francis School in Goshen, Ky. and worked at Tweed & Tartan.

She was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church for over fifty years where she volunteered in numerous positions. She was a Stephen’s Minister, a former Sunday school teacher, PW Circle Chair and a Deacon and Elder of her church. She was a member of American Needlepoint Guild, Louisville Woman’s Club and the Northfield Garden Club. Pat enjoyed participating in numerous charity projects, art classes and bridge clubs throughout her life. She had the opportunity to travel extensively and especially enjoyed spending winter months on Singer Island, Fla. with friends she cherished

She was preceded in death by her husband William Roy Cole Jr., a native of Mercer County, Ky.

Survivors include her children, William R. Cole III (Liz), Louisville; Catherine Cole Irvin, Tallahassee, Fla.; and Patricia Cole Milner (Steve), Lexington, Ky.; her eight grandchildren, Christopher Alan Irvin; Bryan “Cole” Irvin; Shelley Louise Irvin; Brittany Catherine Irvin; Stephen Dale Milner Jr. (Lori); Barrett Cole Milner (Carrie); Patrick “Chase” Milner; and William “Will” R. Cole IV; three great-grandchildren, Riley Catherine Irvin; Barrett “Cole” Milner Jr.; and Tucker Rutherford Milner; her sister Vivian Stange Bryan, Northfield, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Dr. Jane Cornett and the dedicated staff at Jefferson Place.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Rd., with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday from 11 to 1 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Presbyterian Women of Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, Ky., 40207 in Pat’s name or to The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, 1413 S. Sixth St., Louisville, Ky., 40208 or to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Shirley Ann Howell Bell, Award-Winning Artist

Shirley Ann Howell Bell, beloved grandmother, devoted wife, caring mother, faithful sister, and gifted artist, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Sept. 26, 2012.

Shirley was an award-winning professional artist, a member of the Palette Club, a former employee of Sears Credit Central and a longtime member of Fern Creek Baptist Church.

Shirley was born on May 12, 1944, in Louisville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Lucille Howell; and by her brother David Howell.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Marion Lee Bell; daughter, Teresa Kendall; son-in-law, Dutch Kendall; grandson, Lee; granddaughter, Anetta; sisters, Lillian Howell and Bytha (Joe) Karr; and many aunts, cousins, nephews and other family members.

In a final act of thoughtfulness, Shirley donated her body to the University of Louisville Medical School; therefore a traditional funeral home visitation was not held. There was a time to visit with the family on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fern Creek Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life then followed at 1 p.m. at Fern Creek Baptist Church.

Emma “Emily” Martin Simmons, 94, Member Of St. Elizabeth Of Hungary Catholic Church

Emma “Emily” Martin Simmons, 94, died on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, surrounded by family and caregivers.

Emma was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and a friend to many there.

She was the wife of Charles Temple Simmons, Jr., deceased. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Anne and Henry Martin, 10 brothers and sisters, and her baby grandson, Daniel Martin Simmons.

Emma is survived by her sons, Bud (Barbara), Rick, Mark (Sonnie) and Mike Simmons. She is the beloved grandmother of Ben (Heather), Katie, Adam and Aaron.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Nazareth Home for their loving care. The staff at these homes are the heroines/heroes of our community who daily respect the elderly and their families.

The funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 1020 E. Burnett Ave., with burial following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bosse Funeral Home, 1355 Ellison Ave. at Barret Avenue.

Donations can be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 15 Audubon Plaza Dr., Louisville, Ky., 40217 or Nazareth Home, 2000 Newburg Road, Louisville, Ky., 40205.

John Edward Kuhn M.D., 77, Doctor

John Edward Kuhn M.D., 77, of Louisville, died peacefully on Sept. 26, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was known to friends and family as “Jack” Kuhn.

Raised in Jefferson County, he attended St. Xavier High School and graduated in 1952. After receiving a B.A. degree in chemistry from Bellarmine College in 1956, he began a career as a chemist and obtained many patents in epoxy resin production. In 1963 he earned a medical degree from the University of Louisville Medical School with Highest Honors. Upon graduation, he joined a small general medicine practice on Dixie Highway that expanded into Southend Medical Center, a large, progressive, multi-specialty clinic. He developed a reputation as an astute diagnostician, particularly with vexing cases. And throughout all the years of his practice, he cheerfully provided medical care at no cost to countless persons in need.

He served for over 26 years in the Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force based at Standiford Field in Louisville, where he held positions as Commander of the 123rd Tactical Hospital, State Air Surgeon, and Assistant Adjutant General for Air. He was inaugurated Brigadier General in 1992. He is a 1982 Air War College alumnus. Among many other honors, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Kentucky Merit Ribbon. Dr. Kuhn was also a member of the American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association, Jefferson County Medical Society, National Guard Association, Reserve Officers Association, Air Force Association, Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S., Alliance of Flight Surgeons and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

In his leisure time, he became an accomplished sailor and navigator, undertaking numerous ocean sailing voyages throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere with family and friends. Horses were another great passion, and he was as happy on a trail ride as in a show ring. He owned thoroughbred racehorses and remained a gifted and dedicated handicapper till his final days. His other interests included alpine skiing, scuba diving, houseboating, water skiing, photography, Jack Russell terriers and reading.

He was a brilliant man who devoured the world with a probing intellectual curiosity and a fiercely analytical mind. His remarkable wit charmed friends, family, patients, colleagues and strangers. His influence reached far and touched many. The world is a far better place for having had him in it. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Louis Kuhn and Mary Frances Walsh Kuhn; sister, Miriam Kuhn Downs; and brother, Fred “Fritz” Louis Kuhn, Jr.

He is survived by his “bride” of 35 years, the former Brenda C. Freeman of Danville, Ky.; by his four loving children; Kathryn Frances Kuhn of Washington, D.C.; John Edward Kuhn, Jr., (Sherry) of Louisville; Ellen Smythe Kuhn of Washington, D.C.; and Sarah Anne Kuhn Steinberg (David) of Washington, D.C.; and by his siblings; Elizabeth “Pickle” Ann Haering (Harold) of Louisville; Karl Francis Kuhn (Sharon) of Richmond, Ky.; and Nolan Anthony Kuhn (Helen) of Louisville. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mildred “Millie” Konermann Kuhn, and his seven adoring grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Adam Edward Kuhn, John “Jake” Edward Kuhn III, Hollis Smythe Steinberg, Alden Gains Steinberg, Dustin Woosley, DeeAnna Woosley and Brandon Stewart.

Those who knew him will miss him dearly. He will live on in our hearts and in our daily reflections.

Visitation was held at Pearson-Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, from 1 to 7 p.m. A funeral service took place at St. Bartholomew Church, 2042 Buechel Bank Road, Louisville, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at 10 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Spring Hill Cemetery, 529 North Greenville Street, Harrodsburg, Ky.

In memoriam, contributions may be made to The Macula Foundation, Inc., 210 E. 64th St., New York, N.Y., 10065, or www.maculafoundation.org.